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Continuous Professional Development for Public Sector Pharmacists in South Africa: A Case Study of Mapping Competencies in a Pharmacists’ Preceptor Programme

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School of Pharmacy, University of the Western Cape, Private bag X17, Bellville, Cape Town 7535, South Africa
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Faculty of Pharmacy, Rhodes University, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa
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Pharmacy 2020, 8(2), 96; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8020096
Received: 30 April 2020 / Revised: 18 May 2020 / Accepted: 20 May 2020 / Published: 3 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Continuing Professional Development in Pharmacy)
Lifelong learning among healthcare practitioners is crucial to keep abreast of advances in therapeutic and service delivery approaches. In South Africa, continuous professional development (CPD) was mandated (2019) for re-registration of pharmacists to illustrate their learning according to the South African Pharmacy Council’s (SAPC) competency standards. This paper uses a preceptor programme linked to the University of the Western Cape School of Pharmacy’s service learning programme to map the competencies employed by pharmacist preceptors in primary care public healthcare facilities in Cape Town in an attempt to encourage completion of their annual CPDs and strengthening the academic-service partnership. Competencies identified were divided into input competencies related to the preceptor’s role in designing and implementing the educational programme in their facilities and assisting students to complete their prescribed learning activities, and output/outcome competencies that emerged from preceptors identifying the facility needs and employing their input competencies. Input competencies pertained to education, leadership, patient counselling, collaborative practice and human resources management. Output competencies related to pharmaceutical infrastructure, quality assurance, professional and health advocacy, primary healthcare, self-management and patient-centred care. The preceptor programme enabled pharmacist preceptors to employ several competencies that are aligned with the SAPC’s competency framework. View Full-Text
Keywords: collaborative practice; competency-based; continuous professional development (CPD); pharmacy education; pharmacy practice; preceptor collaborative practice; competency-based; continuous professional development (CPD); pharmacy education; pharmacy practice; preceptor
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van Huyssteen, M.; Bheekie, A.; Srinivas, S.C.; Essack, A. Continuous Professional Development for Public Sector Pharmacists in South Africa: A Case Study of Mapping Competencies in a Pharmacists’ Preceptor Programme. Pharmacy 2020, 8, 96.

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